Archive for September, 2013


Award-Winning Author Launches New Book and New Season of the Philadelphia Speakers Series

September 27, 2013

Bryson’s new book was released Thursday.

By Maria Klecko ’15

Best-selling author and humorist Bill Bryson will kick off the tenth season of the Philadelphia Speakers Series on Tuesday with visits to Widener’s Main Campus and the Kimmel Center in Center City.

His new book, One Summer: America 1927, is “an entertaining tour through a year of Jazz Age scandal and baseball heroics,” the Financial Times said, adding that “Bryson is a master of the sidelong, a man who can turn obscurity into hilarity with seemingly effortless charm.”

Bryson has earned an Aventis Award for best general science book with his A Short History of Nearly Everything, and TIME Magazine recently named his book A Walk in the Woods as one of its All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books.

He will speak in the University Center Webb Room at 12 p.m. Tuesday. This event will precede his sold-out appearance at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday night.

The lecture on Widener’s Main Campus is free and open to the public. However, space is limited. To reserve seating, call Candice Caporale at 610-499-4112 or email

The Speakers Series began nine years ago when former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger appeared. For more about the Speakers Series, see the new issue of Widener Magazine.


Widener Magazine: Fresh Like Morning Coffee

September 25, 2013

The newest Widener Magazine is hot off the press and on the way to readers. This issue’s cover story is about WU Brew, the university’s sustainable coffee project that blends student, faculty, and alumni involvement.  The cover art uses unroasted cofee beans on top of roasted coffee beans to spell out the headline “How Does Your Java Grow?”

Look for your copy in the mail soon or on campus, or find it here online.



Homecoming: Widener Alums to Get in Games

September 24, 2013

Baseballfield3Rosemarie Walker ’15

As homecoming weekend approaches, many alumni will have the chance to break out their sports gear as they return to their old home away from home, Widener’s main campus.

Sporting events for alumni will begin 7 p.m. Friday, October 18, on the softball field with the women’s alumni squad taking on Widener’s softball team during their annual homecoming game.

On Saturday, the men’s baseball alumni will take on Widener’s baseball team at 10 a.m.  Widener roller hockey alumni will host their first game at Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, Pennsylvania, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

To wrap up the weekend, Widener will host the second annual homecoming 5K to support Widener’s physical therapy clinic beginning on campus at 8 a.m. Sunday, October 20.

For information on how to participate and to see the complete homecoming schedule, visit the schedule of events.


Widener’s Homecoming a Big Day for Sports

September 18, 2013

The field hockey team will be one of seven Widener teams in action at home on Saturday, October 19, during homecoming.

By Maria Klecko ’15

When most people think of the big Homecoming game, football immediately comes to mind.

However, Homecoming on Saturday, October 19, also will showcase many other Widener Pride teams on the Main Campus:

Women’s volleyball is playing a doubleheader against Neumann University at 10 a.m. and Swarthmore College at 2 p.m. Both men’s and women’s swimming have meets against Misericordia University at 10 a.m.  Women’s field hockey will take on Elizabethtown College at 12 p.m.  Men’s and women’s soccer will play Arcadia University, with the women’s game starting at 5 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. And, of course, the football game against Misericordia is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Other Homecoming weekend events will include the Nursing Champagne Breakfast, the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader 10th Anniversary Celebration and Service Event, a tour of Widener’s newest building, Freedom Hall, and the second annual Homecoming 5K. For the complete Homecoming schedule and details, visit the alumni registration page.


Clinical Psychology Speakers Series to Debut

September 12, 2013

moss-coaneBy Veronica Vasquez ’15

The inaugural night of the Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) Speakers Series will feature Marty Moss-Coane, host and executive producer of Radio Times on WHYY-FM.  Proceeds of this dinner will support the work of the IGCP Alumni Organization.  This event, sponsored by AssuranceMD, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, October 12 at the Red Owl Tavern in Philadelphia, is open to all, however there are only 30 seats available. For more information, visit the alumni registration page. Plans are for this to become an annual event.


9/11 Sculpture Fragment on Display at Widener

September 11, 2013

sphere 911 image

By Autumn Heisler ’15

Part of a sculpture that sat between the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, has found its way to Widener University Center and will be on display through the end of this month.

Two years ago, the American Association for State and Local History sent out a newsletter to museums offering them the opportunity to apply to own an artifact from the World Trade Center. Rebecca Warda, the collections manager at the Widener University Art Gallery, filled out the application for the program, specifying that she wanted a small steel piece to display. In spring 2013, a piece of The Sphere, which was a sculpture that sat between the two towers, arrived at Widener’s door. “It’s really neat having the support piece that made it through,” Warda said. The shard, now entitled “Fragment of interior steel support from The Sphere by Fritz Koenig,” was rescued from the debris.

“I was able to find a picture of The Sphere online before it fell,” Warda said. She received permission to use the picture alongside a photograph taken after the buildings came down. There is a brief description of each photo, and the piece of the sculpture sits on top. Many of the pieces of the Sphere have been recovered and re-erected in Battery Park as a memorial to those lost.

The artifact display, which is owned by the university, will sit outside the Widener University Art Gallery in September while the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday.


Widener Nursing Cookbook Benefits Clinic

September 10, 2013

WidenerSON_CookbookCVRRosemarie Walker ’15

Widener’s Community Nursing Clinic that opened up last year has found a new way to help benefit residents of Chester and satisfy your hunger. Eat Well, Cook Often is a cookbook from the School of Nursing faculty and alumni containing more than 150 delicious recipes from appetizers and breads, to cookies and candy.

All of the profits will go to the clinic that provides care to uninsured residents in Chester. Order now and pay online to help support the clinic.